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Conn Smythe winner, Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks:
Photo credit: CP
You can find more up-to-the-minute photos of the celebrating in Anaheim in the Yahoo photo collection of Getty Images.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Their Stanley Cup dreams shattered, the Senators sat slumped on their bench in stunned silence in the final moments last night.
This was the longest trip the Senators have taken in the playoffs but it turned out to be a monumental setback as the Anaheim Ducks brought home Lord Stanley’s coveted mug with a 6-2 victory in Game 5.
All the Senators could do was shake hands and head for the dressing room to pack up for the long trip back to Ottawa Thursday as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman handed the Cup to Ducks’ captain Scott Niedermayer with the crowd on its feet.
For some reason, the NBC did not televise the singing of the national anthems tonight. Which was a shame, because the Anaheim crowd contributed a heartfelt verse to the American anthem, something most often seen with Canadian crowds.
Well done, Anaheim!
From William Houston, for Thursday’s Globe & Mail,
The CBC and NBC have different philosophies when it comes to televising hockey and they stood out during the fifth game of the Stanley Cup final.
NBC takes a journalistic approach. There’s plenty of reporting and analysis. They try to get the information to you quickly.
The CBC has a style that isn’t quite as energetic or urgent. At times the telecast seems almost cinematic in the sense that talk is less important than pictures.
Both work. It depends on what you want from a telecast. But for such a pivotal game, the CBC’s coverage seemed too low-key at times.
On one subject, NBC and CBC were in agreement: The officiating, given the importance of the game, was poor. NBC’s Pierre McGuire made note of cheap calls and so did the CBC’s Harry Neale.
Note: Watch the Post-Game Press Conference, shortly after the game.
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from the Detroit Free Press,
Dominik Hasek, believed to be leaning toward returning, has informed the Red Wings he will let them know his decision within a week.
“I talked earlier this week with Dom’s agent, and he said he’d let us know by the middle of the next week at the latest,” general manager Ken Holland said today.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
First money: The rumors circulating around expansion fees are that teams would pay in the neighborhood of $150 million in order to gain entry into the NHL – a big hike over the $80 million paid in the last round of expansion that brought us Nashville, Atlanta, Minnesota and Columbus. A bonus for NHL owners: expansion fees do not count as revenue in terms of their partnership with the players’ association, so that’s all money in the bank for teams in the Original 30.
from AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
The Columbus Blue Jackets will build off the draft, develop young players, disdain quick fixes and be based on a long-term plan instead of hollow promises, new team president Mike Priest promised on Wednesday.
Priest, hired when Doug MacLean was fired as president and general manager in April, is in the process of interviewing prospective general managers. He said he has at least four names on his list, including Blue Jackets interim GM Jim Clark and director of player personnel Don Boyd.
As much as he would love to have a GM in place by the time the franchise hosts the NHL draft in two weeks, he won’t be hurried.
from the News & Observer,
After three days of meetings, the Carolina Hurricanes’ future is starting to come into clearer focus, and it’s not a future that includes Josef Vasicek.
The Canes have decided not to re-sign Vasicek, general manager Jim Rutherford said today, preferring to look elsewhere for a new third-line center.
“We’d like to try to make a change at center, either by trade or through free agency,” Rutherford said. “Obviously with a trade you’d have to give something up, so free agency may be the way to go.”
I read Adam Rose’s interview with Helene Elliot and she points out something rather interesting. The Ducks of Anaheim of California of the United States have been to the Finals twice in the last 4 years. The Los Angeles Kings have been only once in their 39 year existence. So while Kings fans get to sit in the glitzy Staples Center, they are forced to swallow crap hockey while their division rival down the road tears up the league.
I’m thinking there might be an element of jealousy here from folks outside of Anaheim who would normally be casual Kings fans. The result: complete and utter apathy towards their neighbor’s success.
But you know what LA, tonight could be a very special night for your fair city.
more...while there, make sure to read the Helene Elliott interview too…
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